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Hubert Schmitz - Emeritus Fellow

Green Transformations


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Professor Hubert Schmitz is a development economist with 40 years of experience in research, teaching and advisory work. His areas of specialisation are sustainable industrialisation, the politics of investment and growth, and the political economy of green transformations.

He is Emeritus Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies and adviser to bilateral and multilateral development agencies. He has published widely in academic journals and is known for succinct synthesis of policy research. He has a long track record in managing international research teams and integrating competences across disciplines. His recentresearch concentrates on two questions: how the global power shift affects low carbon transformations and who drives climate-relevant policies.

IDS publications on international development research

How Does China’s Rise Affect the Green Transformation

International Journal of Technology and Globalisation 8.1 (2018)

The rising powers have become the default movers and shakers in the global economy, including the green economy. This article shows how China has become more powerful in renewable energy and examines the implications for the green transformation. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Who Drives Climate-relevant Policies in the Rising Powers

New Political Economy 22.5 (2016)

The future of human life on our planet is influenced increasingly by what goes on in the rising powers. This paper provides a political economy analysis of the climate-relevant policies of China, India, Brazil and South Africa. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Low Carbon Innovation Paths in Europe and Asia

Science and Public Policy 43.4 (2016)

The current technological shift from high to low carbon development coincides with a geographical shift: the rapid expansion of green production and innovation capacity in China and India. This constellation gives rise to the question: to what extent, how and why do the innovation paths in Europe and in Asia differ? More details

IDS publications on international development research

Guest Editorial: Comparing Low-carbon Innovation Paths in Asia and Europe

The main objective of this Special Section of Science and Public Policy is to examine whether, how and why low-carbon innovation paths differ between the leading countries in Europe and the rising powers in Asia. More details

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The Global Green Economy: Competition or Cooperation between Europe and China?

Europe is confronted by an intimidating triple challenge: economic stagnation, climate change, and a governance crisis. This book demonstrates how these three challenges are closely interrelated. More details